year is especially awkward, given the controversy around President
Barack Obama’s remarks in support of an Islamic cultural center and
mosque planned for a neighborhood near ground zero in lower Manhattan.
The White House has not yet announced the president’s plans for next
week, though a source familiar with the matter was doubtful Obama would
travel to New York.
the president’s options are otherwise limited: Last year, he marked the
eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the Pentagon, and a
return appearance there seems unlikely. This year, first lady Michelle
Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will travel together to
Shanksville, Pa., to honor the 40 passengers and crew members who died
in the crash of United Airlines Flight 93.
That leaves the former World Trade Center site in New York, where Obama
hasn’t been since the 2008 presidential campaign. But a presidential
appearance at ground zero on Sept. 11 — where an activist group plans
to protest the Islamic center project that day — will almost certainly
reignite the political firestorm.
FIRESTORM. God, if there’s a word I’d like to ban from American media, it’s that one.
You know, it strikes me this would be far more awkward for the racist, ignorant fuckwads protesting the mosque if the President of the United States showed up to their little party and told them where to stick their “concerns.”